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Pacific Film ArchiveThe Sixties: Beginnings. The Avant-garde Speaks Out (1985-02-05/1985-02-19)

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Additional Title: The Sixties: What it was and what it wasn't

Description: The artistic, cultural, and political moment of the Bay Area (and beyond) in the Sixties is discussed by key figures of the era, including R.G. Davis (founder of the San Francisco Mime Troupe), filmmaker Bruce Conner, filmmaker/distributor Peter Gessner (founder of Newsreel), and curator Tom Luddy. Topics include the link between politics, activism, and filmmaking;, the role of the artist in tackling politics; the Bay Area film-going and filmmaking scenes, and the link between Bay Area and East Coast activist groups. Films screened include Bruce Conner's "A Movie," Bruce Baillie's "Mass for the Dakota Sioux," "Troublemakers," and more. See for full description of evening.

Collection Guide: Pacific Film Archive Audio Recordings Collection

Accession Number: 4000-01-695A; 4000-01-695B; 4000-01-696; 4000-01-698; 4000-01-700

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This audio is part of the collection: University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
It also belongs to collections: stream_only; California Light and Sound; Cultural & Academic Films

Artist/Composer: Pacific Film Archive
Date: 1985-02-05/1985-02-19
Source: 8 Tapes of 8: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Keywords: californialightandsound; Luddy, Tom; Davis, R.G.; Gessner, Peter; Gitlin, Todd; Gorin, Jean-Pierre; Weills, Anne; Goldbard, Arlene; Wellman, David; Neumann, Osha; Krassner, Paul; Berkeley (Calif.)--Intellectual life--20th century; Berkeley (Calif.)--History; United States--History--1961-1969; Motion pictures--California--San Francisco Bay Area--History--20th century; Motion pictures--Political aspects--United States; Politics in motion pictures; Sixties (Twentieth century decade)
Contact Information: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant Avenue #2250, Berkeley, CA 94720-2250, Telephone: (510) 642-1437, email:,


Speakers: Conner, Bruce; Luddy, Tom; Davis, R.G.; Gessner, Peter; Gitlin, Todd; Gorin, Jean-Pierre; Weills, Anne; Goldbard, Arlene; Wellman, David; Neumann, Osha; Krassner, Paul

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